Armen Chakmakjian

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Evernote vs MS OneNote on my Apple constellation of devices.

In apple, iPad, Random, technology, wow on March 17, 2014 at 8:53 pm

Woah. I just installed it 2 macs, my iPhone and iPad. editing the same doc open on two different devices with only about 2 second lag between checkboxes and text appearing on each device. This is friggin’ awesome.

The free form editing is great on the iPad and the mac, less useful on the iPhone.

Those two features alone make the sharing notebook experience (I assume once a note is shared between two people rather than two of my devices it does the same thing) way better than anything evernote has created.

Now I do have a lot of content in evernote from over the years, so I’m not going to abandon my current processes for things that I’ve already been working on…but the experience is good enough that new things that are unrelated to existing processes might go into onenote.

Very compelling.

Now the one thing I haven’t seen in OneNote is the ability to talk to a bluetooth stylus on my iPad (like the jotscript  works with penultimate).  That would be really cool and easily eliminate my use of penultimate for casual notetaking.  BTW this is a limitation of evernote also, you have to use penultimate with the jot script, and you can see the note in evernote afterwards, but you can’t edit it in evernote.


Tracking an airplane and incompetence…

In Random on March 15, 2014 at 3:22 pm

Ok so we know that the plane was pinging for 7 hours after the primary data channels were turned off…and we have satellite data along those paths. This seems like a simple data filtering problem. You take the ping data, you take the satellite photos at the same time intervals and you identify planes in the pictures at those times and eliminate all the other airplanes.

Why is this data coming to light so darn slowly?

Honestly the Malaysian government is the keystone cops and they should have turned their data over other more competent entities. Who are they protecting by this slow revelatory process?

At the seaport today

In Random on March 11, 2014 at 1:33 pm


For Pete’s sake #fox, Seth, roger ailes #cosmos…too many commercials!!!

In Random on March 10, 2014 at 1:55 am

There are too many commercials in a show that is about a 13billion year story. Dude! Time is a continuum!

The presentation is pretty good, looks great, but interrupted too much.

Top of stock market…close…but not yet…

In Business & Finance on March 8, 2014 at 10:22 pm

I’ve been reading a lot of articles by financial prognosticators saying that the market is due for a fall immediately as it is too high and it has been a 6 year rise.

Here’s my feeling. (Caveat emptor, I’m not a financial guru, I’m a historical trend and current news junkie) We know that the market is irrationally moving up and down on the slightest news. That’s the canary in the coal mine. That means there’s a lot of money in the system, looking for a place to land. This time a large portion of the money is in large corporate balance sheets rather than the investment houses. See fb, apple and google. That seems to be causing a fair bit of m&a activity. Weird things like whatsapp for billions of dollars.

However the thing we are missing is the cloud on the horizon. In 1987 it was the S&L’s failing. In 2000, it was tiny startups with suspect value prop going public because that was a way to raise capital using peoples 401k and IRA managed money. In 2006 we had credit default swaps going crazy and cheap available debt for real estate given to people who couldn’t afford it.

In each of those cases, there seemed to be a market rise on cheap money…a bubble formed somewhere…and then the correction.

I have yet to discern where the bubble is this time. Apple, for example, has $160B in paper, and a PE of 12, and is being stingy about spending it. Microsoft is sitting on $80b…but cash is cash, and even if the underlying exchange rate changes, they still have many billions.

Where is the bubble? It’s not real estate, it’s not fake public companies or odd financial instruments, nor is it too much credit/margin behind the market creating a false sense of buying power.

Once that thing appears, that thing that I’m not yet reading about in small articles in the WSJ or watching about on a tv investigation, that’s when we need to hunker down. Where is the anomaly that begins the economic sink hole?

Maybe it is cheap fuel due to fracking? That would destabilize the economy a bit…especially for producing countries who use that money to invest. Or maybe, insidiously, it’s the new bourbon craze… 🙂

So just let it ride, but watch the news closely.